How does one go from leading the most profitable retail division in the world to a London-based clothing retailer? Just ask John Browett. He spent less than six months as Apple’s senior VP of retail. Before Tim Cook brought him on at the beginning of 2012, Browett was the CEO of Dixons in Britain. After getting fired this past fall, Browett has returned to his roots.
The former Apple senior executive has accepted a position as Chief Executive of Fashion at Monsoon Accessorize, a clothing and accessories retailer based in London with 1,053 stores in 74 countries. Browett has been brought on board just four months after his departure from Apple.
Retail Week reports:
Monsoon Accessorize founder Peter Simon said: “We conducted an extensive search for a chief executive and John has the skills and experience needed to take Monsoon Accessorize to the next level.”
Browett, who will take up his new role on March 4, said: “Monsoon Accessorize is a great company with an impressive heritage, a commitment to environmental awareness and talented designers, management and staff.”
Browett had quite a tumultuous experience during his brief stint at Apple. He didn’t got along with many of the other executives, and there were complaints about new policies he was enforcing on Apple Store employees. He was given the boot in October to “encourage even more collaboration” within the company.
Apple is still looking for a Senior Vice President of Retail Operations. Tim Cook is currently overseeing the retail division until a replacement can be found.